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some time. >>> tonight, the father of nsa leaker edward snowden is speaking out, saying his son is not a traitor. and though snowden's father says he believes in the american justice system, he does not think his son would get a fair trial if he returns from russia. abc's susan saulny in washington tonight. >> as a father, i want my son to come home. >> reporter: today, in an exclusive interview with abc's george stephanopoulos, lon snowden, father of fugitive nsa leaker edward snowden, said plans have been made to reunite in russia. >> you're going to moscow? >> reporter: bruce fein is the family's lawyer and says it will happen very soon. >> we have visas, we have a date which we won't disclose because of the frenzy. >> reporter: the purpose of trip -- to come up with a criminal defense against charges of espionage. >> what i would like is for this to be vetted in open court for the american people to have all the facts. >> reporter: but the elder snowden is not convinced his son could get a fair trial. >> when you consider many of the statements made by our leaders, they have
belongings from the homes yesterday as mourners extended a make shift memorial. >> the father of nsa leaker, edward snowden speaking out for the first time since his son gave up surveillance programs. in an exclusive interview with abc's george stephanopoulos yesterday, lon snowden wants his son edward to come home but is unsure edward could get a fair trial in the u.s. courts because he said politicians have poisoned the well of perspective jurors. >> where my son chooses to live the rest of his life is going to be his decision. what i would like at some point in time for him to be able to come back to the u.s. whether he will live the rest of his life here or not. face this. and i believe the truth will shine through. >> snowden and attorneys have secured visas to travel to russia to meet with edward snowden. they didn't say exactly when for security reasons. neither has spoken directly to edward snowden since he fled the u.s. >> it is back to business this morning morning for many of the two dozen u.s. embassies and consulates shuttered by tear railroad alert last week. mostly across the
's george stephanopoulos, lon snowden, the father of fuj fif nsa leaker ed ward snowden. the family lawyer says it will happen very soon. >> we have visas. we have a date which we won't disclose right now. >> reporter: the purpose of the trip to come up with the criminal defense against charges of espionage. >> what i would like is for this to be vetted and open court for the american people to have all of the facts. >> reporter: the elder snowden is not convinced his son could get a fair trial. >> when you kid many of the statements made by our leaders they have poisoned the well so to speak in terms of a potential jury pool. >> reporter: just friday, president obama had this to say. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. there were other avenues available. >> reporter: mr. obama outlined new measures to reform the programs snowden revealed saying he would have done it anyway. >> i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made these leaks. >> this weekend, julian assange took issue with the administration saying reforms are being made therefore e
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